Professional Development Courses: Schedule

All three credit courses require 42 hours of instructional work throughout the duration of the course. Whether it is in-person class time or online alternative instruction, it is your opportunity to put your new knowledge into immediate practice. The frequency of online discussion/interaction with instructor and classmates is throughout the course. It is available 24 hours a day. For course descriptions simply click on the course name or visit our course catalog. 10 days prior to the course you will receive a Welcome email with directions and any other instructions for the course. If you have any questions about our scheduling please feel free to contact us at info@thomstecher.com.

Registration for courses closes 5 days before the first day of class or if the course is filled.

An official Grade Receipt Letter will be mailed by Neumann University at the conclusion of the course. Official transcripts can be ordered by visiting Transcripts and Forms page found here.

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Spring 2019

EDU 526 - Strategies for Teaching Reading in Middle and High School (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: January 7 - March 3, 2019
  • Professors: Lauren McFadden
  • Location: Online

In this course, candidates will further their comprehension of the relationship between literacy and different subject areas within secondary education. Students will closely examine a range of different strategies for teaching reading available to the middle and high school teacher. We will examine a wide range of assessments and instructional methods to support the development of grade 6-12 learners experiencing difficulty with reading. In addition, the course focuses on the use and value of reading assessments, differentiation within the classroom, and the overall benefits of teaching literacy across content areas. The study and implementation of a wide range of assessments and how these build on and extend the methods to support literacy development will be explored throughout the course. In this course, we will investigate topics such as: fluency, decoding, comprehension, balanced literacy, close reading, scaffolding, differentiation, etc. Furthermore, we will discuss how to utilize specific reading strategies and skills within diverse content areas, as well as how to respond to the needs of those specific students with reading disabilities in our classrooms.

EDU 526 - STEAM Powered Social Emotional Learning

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: January 7 - March 3 In class meeting dates- 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24
  • Professors: Jessie McFarland and Stacia Bickell
  • Location: Chester County Intermediate Unit, Downingtown, PA

STEAM education is the intentional integration of science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics and their associated practices to create a student-centered learning environment. Students in this course will investigate and engineer solutions to problems, construct evidence-based explanations of real-world phenomena, and explore technology integration with a focus on how STEAM activities are the perfect avenue to explore, incorporate, and strengthen social, emotional, physical, and academic needs. We will emphasize and focus on the 4 C’s: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creative exploration/innovation. Participants will leave with a library of meaningful lesson plans that merge STEAM process learning and the power of SEL. 

EDU 526 - Crafting a Legacy: Making a Difference in Students Lives through Inspired Living (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: January 28 - March 24, 2019
  • Professors: Scott Heydt
  • Location: Online

Teachers were born to make a difference. To be a difference maker requires intentional living. Teachers that will sustain, inspire, and leave a legacy in their student’s lives require detailed personal and professional action plans. Written blueprints are necessary if we are to contemplate our purpose and live our lives with integrity. Unwritten goals and dreams are simply hopes. A life blueprint is a detailed, written, fluid document that inspires action. Whether a young professional in need of guidance or a seasoned veteran poised to leave a legacy, the life blueprint is an excellent tool for personal, student, or classroom-wide use. This course will provide the theoretical basis and practical tools for fully engaged living and life blueprint construction interwoven with throughout our lives.

EDU 526 - Growth Mindset in Students and Classrooms (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: February 18 - April 14, 2019
  • Professors: Krista Leh and Larry Newman
  • Location: Online

This course explores the components critical to fostering a Growth Mindset to counter the effects of poverty. Understanding the complex relationships between student high-risk behaviors, the many facets of poverty, and achieving positive social emotional growth is a critical component of teaching today. Students will begin this course with an examination of ways in which poverty influences social, emotional, and academic growth. Students will then analyze current research on Developmental Assets and Developmental Relationships and explore ways in which fostering a Growth Mindset, based on research by Carol Dweck, can be systematically integrated to classroom and school culture to counter the effects of poverty. Finally, students will assess their classroom and/or building’s integration of these supports to reduce at-risk behaviors and increase achievement, develop and implement a personalized plan to better support a student in need, then reflect on the short-term outcomes.

EDU 526 - Educating and Supporting the Traumatized Child

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: March 18 - May 12 In class meeting dates- 3/24, 4/7, 4/28, 5/5
  • Professors: Vicki Morgan
  • Location: Chester County Intermediate Unit, Downingtown, PA

This course is designed to explore the impact of traumatic experiences on children and adolescents across multiple stages of development.  In addition, this course will identify how traumatic life events can affect the ability for children to learn in a variety of settings.  Through journal articles, presentations, media resources, and discussion, students will not only gain a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of trauma, but also attain a variety of strategies on how to effectively contain and manage maladaptive emotional and physical responses in the school setting.  

EDU 526 - Stress Management: Specific Solutions for Educators (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: March 18 - May 12, 2019
  • Professors: Dr. John Bearoff and Jessie McFarland
  • Location: Online

The course is designed to help teachers, administrators, and support staff assess their stress levels, identify primary causes of excess stress in both their professional and personal lives, and learn specific, realistic stress reduction strategies. Participants will learn how and why stress levels, burnout, and job dissatisfaction are disproportionately high in the educational field. Educators will explore the most appropriate and necessary choices facing anyone in high stress occupations: change your skills, change your position, change your attitude, or change jobs. Participants will learn and practice relaxation and visualization techniques, safe and simple exercise options and other strategies that are under their control.